Vietnam: A History

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"The most comprehensive, up-to-date, and balanced account we have."?Boston Globe. "Superb, balanced in interpretation...
immensely readable and full of new and interesting detail."?George Herring, Univ. of Kentucky.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Stanley Karnow offers the defintive history of the Vietnam conflict--a monumental narrative that analyzes, clarifies, and demystifies the tragic ordeal of...

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Overview

"The most comprehensive, up-to-date, and balanced account we have."—Boston Globe. "Superb, balanced in interpretation...
immensely readable and full of new and interesting detail."—George Herring, Univ. of Kentucky.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Stanley Karnow offers the defintive history of the Vietnam conflict--a monumental narrative that analyzes, clarifies, and demystifies the tragic ordeal of this unpopular, unwinnable war. Photos.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140265477
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/1997
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 784
  • Sales rank: 104,175
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.35 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1. The War Nobody Won
2. Piety and Power
3. The Heritage of Vietnamese Nationalism
4. The War with the French
5. The Light that Failed
6. America's Mandarin
7. Vietnam Is the Place
8. The End of Diem
9. The Commitments Deepen
10. Disorder and Decision
11. LBJ Goes to War
12. Escalation
13. Debate, Diplomacy, Doubt
14. Tet
15. Nixon's War
16. The Peace that Never Was

Chronology Cast of Principal Characters Notes on Sources Acknowledgments Photo Credits Index

Photographs appear at the opening of each chapter. Maps appear on pages 114, 123, 219, 349, 537, 677.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2003

    You will be a better person for reading it

    What I thought I knew about the Vietnam War and our politicians of that era I found I knew nothing after reading this monumental piece of historical work. How deceitful our elected officials and military personnel can be you will learn by reading this book. Although the book is long in pages, it is short in reading as it is so very interesting. We Americans know and suffer for our lost children sent into the Vietnam War but what of the Vietnam people during this war? You will learn of their suffering for all they have lost throughout their own history. The author writes very objectively without taking political or nationalistic sides which makes this book so worthwhile. This book should be required reading in all high schools. I will be reading it again. Buy it...read it. You will feel different forever.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 15, 2010

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    The definitive hiatory of the Vietnam War

    This book is simply magnificent It starts with APLAN 34A activities at the earliest time and clearly indicates that the CIA and Seals were engaged in "clandestine" activities not yer aapproved by the President. I question the use of the term clandestine when it is clear rhar once a physical attack occurs and the first shots are fired, you are compromised. It is also clear that if you physically attck a communications site that again any cover you had devised was rendered worthless, Anyway, this is the lead un to the war rgar costs 58,000 of our men and we still lost the was. Why did we lose, I suggest faulty tactics in which we would fight for a hill, take it and secure it, leave it in three weeks and it would be reoccupied again so we would go back and take it again and repeat the process. Anyway, tfis is truly a great book, probably the very best on the subject deserves to be read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2007

    one sided

    Documents allied failures in the war but skims over communist failures and atrocities. Not at all a balanced account.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2005

    Nothing More Than A U.S. History Refresher

    All this book talks about is the time frame from 1954-75, which we all learned as high school juniors anyway.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2005

    Failed to fully comprehence the Vietnamese comunist and the War.

    To a South Vietnamese civilian that lived through the event, this book recounts a great deal of fact and at the same time omitts a greater amount of important historical event. Too much atrocity committed by Ho and his army is left untold. Also, the author does not seem to know the different between words and action and failed to understand the mindset of communist leaders. Do not get this book if you want to truly comprehence the Vietnam War.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2003

    Mind opening

    If you are interested in politics and/or history this is a MUST read...What I thought I knew about the Vietnam War and our politicians at that time, I knew not. This book is written without taking any political or nationalistic side but is written strictly as an historical reading and a monumental piece of writing it is! You will learn so much more about Lyndon Johnson, McNamara, Westmoreland,Rostow, Nixon, Kissinger, and all the other politicians and military experts of this time that led so many of our children to war, not to mention the killing of uncountable innocent lives of the Vietnamese people. I am going to read it again. Read it, you will be a better person from it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2003

    Vietnam, what I now know...

    Truly a masterpiece. Although it is over 700 pages, don't let that stop you. There is so much that you will learn about Vietnam, the Vietnam war, LBJ, McNamara, Nixon,Kissinger,and many others who knowingly and ignorantly sent our youth to their deaths including the killing of so many innocent Vietnamese people. But this book isn't just about the Vietnam War. It is a learning experience of deceiptful politicians and back room Whitehouse scheming to defraud the public. This should be required reading in all higher educational institutions. I cannot recommend a more informative historical book that is also so interesting to read. Buy it...Read it... you will be a better person for it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2003

    A worthy piece of literature for Vietnam

    Vietnam: A history is an incredible book that shows everyone the unbiased truth of the Vietnam War. The book is written in a neutral way which does not make you feel at all uncomfortable due to how the author writes. The book spans a very important era in Vietnam's history, from the process of independance from French colonialism to the fall of South Vietnam. Although the book is 768 pages long, every part of it is filled with enrapturing text and riveting pictures. The book is very satisfying all in all. Although it is very old, The information has been has been updated by the author, and so all the inaccuracies have been fixed. All in all, Vietnam: a History is a piece of art in the literature world.

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